Stewardship

Public access to the historic trails within Vaughan Woods nature preserve is made possible by the stewardship efforts of community volunteers, local students, Scout groups, and the Maine Conservation Corp. These many hands keep alive the tradition begun by William Warren Vaughan, who spent a lifetime building and maintaing the trails.

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Education

School visits, interpretive walks, lectures, and workshops occur throughout the year in the Vaughan Woods and at the Homestead.

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Community

Annual community events like the Spring Maypole Dance, Fall Harvest Celebration, Winter Sledding Contest and Summer Old Hallowell Day Festivities welcome the public to become part of the story of the Vaughan Homestead.

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History

This historic property, settled in 1794 in Hallowell, Maine, was home to seven generations of Vaughans. Today, in partnership with our community, we strive to to make Vaughan Homestead a place of living history and a source of education, tranquility and inspiration for our community and for generations to come.

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Nature

Historic stone bridges, scenic waterfalls, a towering forest and a wild meadow not only earned Vaughan Woods its local nickname “Hobitland,” but also make it home to some of the most unique walking trails in Maine. Designed for nature appreciation and recreation in the 1930s, the Vaughan’s and their friends

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Arts

Through workshops and exhibits the Homestead’s arts programs honor the Vaughan’s centuries-long dedication to nature appreciation and the arts.

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